Maternity

What we do

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We are a leading London maternity hospital and care for more than 8,000 pregnant women and birthing people and their babies each year. We provide all aspects of obstetric and midwifery care, from before conception and before birth (antenatal) to birth and after delivery (postnatal).

The majority of pregnant women and people will be cared for by our expert team of midwives who are experienced in supporting those with uncomplicated pregnancies and births. When your circumstances are more complex, our specialist obstetric doctors and allied health professionals will work alongside your midwife to give you the care and support your need to have a safe and satisfying birth.

You will have your own ideas about how you would like your baby to be born – whether at home or in hospital – and we do our best to help you to achieve this. We have obstetric-led birthing rooms, midwife-led birth suites with birth pools, obstetric theatres for both planned and emergency caesareans, and a homebirth service.

Are you pregnant and want to have your baby with King's?
You do not have to see your GP before contacting us. Please complete the King's College Hospital antenatal self-referral form to refer yourself and send to kch-tr.antenatalreferral@nhs.net. We will then email you with a reference number to confirm we have received your referral. Your first appointments with the midwife and scanning team will be sent to you either via post or email. Please note we may contact and share information with other health professionals as required.

We see pregnant women and people who live in the below postcode areas in Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham. Referrals from those who live outside this catchment area will also be considered:

  • SW2, SW4, SW8, SW9, SW16
  • SE1, SE4, SE5, SE11, SE14, SE15, SE16, SE17, SE19, SE21, SE22, SE23, SE24, SE25, SE26, SE27
  • CR7

Antenatal care (before the birth)
This is provided by the midwifery team caring for women and pregnant people in your local area, alongside your GP or obstetrician. During your pregnancy, you will have regular appointments to make sure you and your baby are well. You will be offered routine health checks such as blood tests and other screenings, you can read more about the different scans, tests and antenatal care you can expect on the NHS website. Your screening choices are explained in this screening information leaflet, which is produced by Public Health England and available in several languages. We also provide care if screening finds you have an infectious disease, including Hepatitis B, HIV or syphilis.

Badger Notes
You can access your pregnancy notes and leaflets via the Badger Notes website or app. Your account will be activated after your first midwife appointment. You can use the digital maternity notes platform to communicate with your care team and we recommend you use the ‘Conversations’ option to share your birth preferences with us before your birth. Your midwife can help you with this.

Clinic and scan locations
Read your appointment letter carefully to see where to go for your appointments, because these are held at a variety of locations. This includes children’s centres, GP and health centres, and a number of buildings on the King's site, including Stork on the Hill, Midwives House and the Community Midwives Centre.

Ultrasound (nuchal) scans take place in the Harris Birthright Centre, in the Fetal Medicine Research Institute. Buildings on the hospital site are shown on the King's campus map.

Parent education classes
We offer a range of online workshops to help prepare you for birth and baby. Join the 'Welcome to King’s Maternity' workshop in your first trimester to learn more about how to stay healthy in pregnancy, the services we offer, and other workshops that may be suitable for you.

Urgent advice
If you need urgent advice and are: pregnant and currently receiving care at King's; have just given birth at King's; or have had a home birth with King's:

  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: Telephone Assessment Line +44 (0)20 3299 8389
  • Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm: contact the midwifery team leading your care
  • Out of hours: contact the Nightingale Birth Centre.

Where to give birth
You can choose to give birth:

  • in the Nightingale Birth Centre at King’s
  • at home with the help of our community-based midwives, if you live in King’s catchment area.

Our Maternity Department is on the third and fourth floors of the Golden Jubilee Wing and includes the Nightingale Birth Centre. Our facilities include 10 labour rooms, operating theatres, recovery rooms and a high dependency unit (HDU).

Midwife-led birthing suite
You have the choice of two midwife-led birthing rooms, each with a birthing pool and their own shower and toilet, where we have created a ‘home from home’ feel for your birth environment.

Homebirth
Our home birth midwife team (called Phoenix) provide a home birth service within the King’s catchment area. If you are interested in this option, indicate this on your antenatal self-referral form, or contact your community midwife. We will support women and birthing people to make informed choices about where they would like to birth their babies. There may be instances when a home birth might not be recommended, and your midwife or doctor can discuss these with you.

Neonatal Unit
Babies who need special care are looked after in the Neonatal Unit by our specialist team, it is located opposite Nightingale Birth Centre on the fourth floor of Golden Jubilee Wing.

Anthony Nolan umbilical cord blood donation
If you give birth at King’s College Hospital, you can help save the life of someone with blood cancer by donating your umbilical cord blood to the Anthony Nolan Cord Blood Programme after you give birth. We are one of five hospitals in the UK where women can donate their umbilical cords. Please watch this short animation about donating your cord blood.

If you would like to register to donate cord blood, please speak with your midwife or one of the dedicated cord blood collectors at King’s College Hospital.

Find out more about Anthony Nolan’s Cord blood programme and their lifesaving work. If you have any questions about cord blood donation, please get in touch with the team at Anthony Nolan: Cord.Collection@anthonynolan.org

After the birth (postnatal)
If everything with your birth has been uncomplicated we encourage you to go home within a few hours. You can contact the maternity unit at any time day or night if you have any concerns. If you or your baby needs to stay in hospital for additional care you will be transferred to William Gilliatt postnatal ward for the remainder of your stay. This ward contains four-bedded bays and shared bathrooms. You and your baby room in together and birth partners are able to visit 24 hours a day.

Going home
Our care does not stop once you are at home. When you leave King’s you should have a visit from your community midwife within 24 hours. They will plan visits with you over the next 10 days. If you live outside King’s area your details will be passed to your local community midwives who will take over your care. If you would like support with breastfeeding, we have specialist infant feeding midwives who offer virtual workshops and in-person support via referral from your community midwife.

Get involved
If you'd like to help us improve our maternity services for parents and babies, join the King’s Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP).

Feedback
Friends and Family
You can tell us what you did and didn’t like about your care by completing the Friends and Family feedback form, it only takes a couple of minutes and you can comment on your antenatal, birth and postnatal ward or postnatal community care.

PALS
The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is a service that offers support, information and assistance to patients, relatives and visitors. They can also provide help and advice if you have a concern or complaint that staff have not been able to resolve for you.

Location

Fourth floor, Golden Jubilee Wing, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 3246
  • Harris Birthright Centre: +44 (0)20 3299 3040
  • Neonatal Unit: +44 (0)20 3299 3553
  • Nightingale Birth Centre: +44 (0)20 3299 3222
  • Telephone Assessment Line (24 hour): +44 (0)20 3299 8389

Patient Information Leaflets

Conditions we treat

We provide a comprehensive maternity care service. This ranges from booking clinics and scans through to specialist care for those with pregnancy complications, mental health or substance abuse issues, as well as a home birth service.

We encourage antenatal care to be based in the community where possible. Hospital-based antenatal clinics are held Monday to Friday in:

  • Suite 8, 3rd floor, Golden Jubilee Wing
  • the Midwives' House on Coldharbour Lane.

Some midwife clinics are also held on a Saturday.

Main contacts

  • Antenatal clinic reception and appointments, tel 020 3299 3246
  • Antenatal booking and nuchal scan appointments, tel 020 3299 8131
  • Midwives Office, tel 020 3299 3246, option 2

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

We offer self-referral - see the 'General Information' tab for full details.

GPs can also refer to all clinics using the 'Antenatal referral form for GPs' at the bottom of the page. For community bookings where a nuchal scan is required, please submit the form and state which community midwifery team is providing care.

Emergency Referrals

Email the 'Antenatal referral form for GPs' to kch-tr.antenatalreferral@nhs.net. You can also telephone 020 3299 3246 to confirm receipt and an expected appointment date if required. Administration staff may need to liaise with the midwives before they can confirm a date.

If there is a suspected problem with the pregnancy at:

In an emergency, please refer the patient straight to the Emergency Department.

Referral Forms

Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Dr Sadia Bhatti Obstetric Consultant Lead for Postnatal Care
Miss Jemma Johns Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Dr Nick Kametas Consultant in Maternal-Foetal Medicine and Obstetrics
Dr Devi Subramanian Consultant in Obstetrics and Foetal Medicine